Chimwala Second Grade Magistrate Court in Mangochi has sentence five men to 15months Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for stealing cement at Njeleza Cement Product Limited in the district.
The five, James Mpuntha, Gift Juma, Georgen Mathias, Victor Damiano and John Gwetseni, were charged with an offence of Theft by Servant contrary to section 286 0f the penal code.
Police say the five were all employees at the mentioned company which belongs to Aslam Gafar Zagaf.
The court that the accused tricked the security manager that they had been attacked by unknown criminals while they stole 270 litres of diesel worthy MK221, 000.
The whole story came out when one of the men who was working as a driver was caught and handed to the Makokola Police Unit.
All the men pleaded guilty to the offence as charged.
Judge John Mpwahiwa expressed his concern over the conduct of the convicts and hence sentenced them to 15 month in prison each.